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We will be covering the important questions and topics for competitive examinations for 2017 related to Science and Technology Contemporary Topics and related policies. As per video tutorials and lectures at YouTube@Examrace

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Expected Questions on Science and Technology: UPSC IAS 2017

Dr. Manishika Jain in this video covers a variety of topics which are important for 2017. These include the expected questions on science and technology.

National Biotechnology Development Strategy (NBDS)

  • Attract investment under Make in India
  • Make new bio-tech products
  • Strong infrastructure for R & D, commercialization of the bio-tech products
  • Build a skilled workforce
  • Make own supply of vaccines and antibiotics
  • Dual degree programs with core scientific subjects and economic applicability

Regional Centre For Biotechnology Bill

  • Seeks to: Establish a Regional Centre for Biotechnology
  • Established under: UNESCO
  • Bill declares it to be institute of national importance
  • It will take up R & D and impart education and training in biotechnology

CSIR-NBRI Herabrium Online

  • Made 1, 00, 000 Herbarium collections accessible worldwide
  • Nodal Agency: Ministry of Science & Technology
  • Muktashree: Low Arsenic uptake variety of Rice
  • Herbi Chew: Product to replace cancer causing tobacco-based GUTKA

GM Cotton in India

  • Cotton: Only GM crop in India
  • PAU Bt 1 and F1861
  • GM cotton: Introduction of Bt bacterial gene that codes for a protein which kills the bollworm cotton pest
  • 3 varieties carry Cry1Ac gene obtained from Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) bacteria
  • Imparts resistance against bollworm cotton pest

Cloud Seeding Project

  • Maharashtra
  • Rs. 250 crore
  • Artificial spray of silver iodide & dry ice on clouds


  • High thermal conductivity & elasticity
  • Rubber like material
  • Soft elastomer with non-toxic, liquid metal microdroplets within it

Telemetry and Telecommand Processor

  • By ISRO
  • Make in India
  • Used in Integrated Spacecraft Testing of Low Earth Orbit, Geostationary Orbit & Interplanetary Spacecraft
  • Meet uplink & downlink requirements of both CCSDS (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems)
  • Developed on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) platform

5 new Subatomic particles at CERN

  • Large Hadron Collider accelerator (LHC) at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)

Oc (3000) 0 Oc (3050) 0 Oc (3066) 0

Oc (3090) 0 Oc (3119) 0

  • Numbers indicate masses in megaelectronvolts (MeV)
  • New particles in excited states of a particle called Omega-c-zero.
  • Omega-c-zero is a baryon has 3 quarks with 2 strange and 1 charm quark
  • Decays via the strong force into another baryon, called Xi-c-plus and a kaon K-
  • Xi-c-plus decays into proton p, kaon K- and pion p+

World’s Thinnest Lens

  • 2000 times thinner than human hair
  • Made of crystal of molybdenum disulphide
  • Applications: Medicine, Science & Technology, Bendable TVs and Computer screens

Vidyut Pravah

  • Mobile application
  • Provides highlights of power availability on real time basis
  • Provides information of current demand met, shortages, surplus power available and the prices in the Power Exchange
  • Launched by: Ministry of Power

- Published/Last Modified on: June 14, 2017


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